Spell of the Tiger: The Man-Eaters of Sundarbans
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. . From Publishers Weekly Nature writer Montgomery traveled to the tidal forest between India and Bangladesh for this study of an area where tigers routinely hunt humans and found that the population regards tigers as magic beings
On land they ambush honey gatherers and woodcutters, striking most often by daylight. Tigers stalk the mangroves, living on salt water and flesh, hunting human flesh by stealth. Tigers swim out to boats and seize fishermen, carrying away full-grown human bodies as easily as a cat holds a fish. This book is a deep quest by a superb nature writer to plumb the reality of the Sundarbans, one of the world's great tidal deltas, and one of the last hunting grounds of the Bengal tiger. For centuries along the Bay of Bengal, tigresses have taught their cubs to hunt humans. The people of the Sundarbans see the huge, silent killer not only as prey sees its predator, but as a holy man sees his god.
"Not what I expected" according to Hispanam. Much as I enjoyed "Life of an Octopus" reading "Spell of the Tiger" did not elicit the same level of enjoyment. Sy's style made some lengthy references to Indian's ways of worship less monotonous; but the tiger lost the match and ways of worship won.. Biology and Mythology This book relates some of the what the author learned about the tigers of the Sundarbans in her visits to the area in the 1990s. The Sundarbans is the remote forested region lying across the Bangladeshi-India border where the River Ganges flows into the Bay of Bengal. In this region, the Ganges is not a distinct river body with a single flow of water, but rather a river delta, with islets and branches that seem to change course almost daily. This changing water flow is not the only reason why this region, located in one. Midwest Book Review said A fine survey for any general lending library. SPELL OF THE TIGER: THE MAN-EATERS OF SUNDARBANS introduces readers to a mangrove swamp and tidal delta that lies between India and Bangladesh: the only place on earth where tigers routinely eat people. But the tigers here are revered by the people and not killed, as in other places. Sy Montgomery's fine analysis blends adventure, natural history and cultural insights to explore Sundarbans life and tiger protection issues in a fine survey for any general lending library.